A question on syntax in /etc/login.conf

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Mon Feb 1 12:16:13 UTC 2010


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On 01/02/2010 11:00, Leslie Jensen wrote:
> On the page
> 
> http://www.se.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/using-localization.html
> 
> 
> Syntax is shown as:
> 
> language_name:accounts_title:\
>     :charset=MIME_charset:\
>     :lang=locale_name:\
>     :tc=default:
> 
> 
> If I look in the file on a newly installed 8.0-RELEASE it shows:
> 
> russian|Russian Users Accounts:\
>         :charset=KOI8-R:\
>         :lang=ru_RU.KOI8-R:\
>         :tc=default:
> 
> 
> Is it the colon or pipe sign that is correct?

Probably the latter.  The '|' symbol is used when there are several
alternative names for the same object -- this is not used much in
/etc/login.conf, unlike /etc/termcap.  By convention, the last name in
a list of alternates like this is a comment rather than a tag for
actual use.  See getcap(3) for details.

The first entry is syntactically correct -- 'accounts_title' would be
a boolean value (set to true if present, false if absent) -- but the
login.conf man page knows nothing of 'accounts_title' and it's a funny
name for a boolean. So I guess that's likely to be a typo in the
handbook.

	Cheers,

	Matthew

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